Throw back the duvet and revel in the view from your room across the fields to the Cheviot Hills. Full breakfasts are served at the mahogany dining table. Bilingual French-Belgian Francis loves to cook and also produces sumptuous dinners, while florist Camilla fills the house with fragrant displays. Walk, cycle, fish (local guest permits available), discover castles, abbeys and glorious beaches less than an hour away. Slump in front of the fire, read a book in the conservatory, then retire to elegant rooms with comfy beds, chequered headboards and pretty fabrics. Bathrooms are sparkling, fresh and hung with eye-catching pictures.